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"Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father" is the seventh episode of the first season of Shameless.

Synopsis

Frank is desperate to come up with a plan to pay the two goons looking for the $6000 that he owes; Fiona spends the night with Steve, leaving Liam in agoraphobe Sheila’s care.

Plot

Frank is still being chased down by Rod and Vlad, whom he has still not paid the $6000 to. Frank tries to get the money by pawning a stolen watch and trying to rob an old woman at the ATM. In addition, Frank gets into more trouble when Fiona discovers that he has been committing credit card fraud using the children’s identities.

Steve wants to ease Fiona’s responsibilities so they can go out together. Fiona is not open to the idea, but after getting the kids’ permission, Fiona reluctantly decides to stay at a hotel with Steve overnight. At the hotel, Steve knows one of the employees, and he uses this connection to gain access to the honeymoon suite. Fiona and Steve end up having a good time: they order room service and go skinny dipping in the hotel pool.

With Fiona and Steve out of the house, Sheila agrees to watch Liam overnight. The babysitting initially goes well until Liam, when Sheila isn’t looking, wanders out the front door and into the front yard. Sheila is terrified of leaving the house to save Liam; however, acknowledging that Liam could potentially get into danger, Sheila grabs a bunch of bed sheets and blankets and ties herself to the stairwell. Taking a deep breath, Sheila musters enough courage to go outside and retrieve Liam, briefly overcoming her agoraphobia.

At the Kash and Grab, Ian discovers Kash with a black eye. Kash reveals that he had pulled a gun on Mickey for shoplifting; however, Mickey punched Kash in the eye and stole the gun. In an attempt to solve the shoplifting issue, Linda hires a company to install security cameras in the store. Kash and Ian try to reposition the security camera so they can have sex in the storage room again. They believe they are successful and have sex, during which time the camera reverts to its initial position, capturing the affair.

The next day, Ian goes to the Milkovich house to retrieve Kash’s gun. He wakes up Mickey with a crowbar and demands the gun back; Mickey tackles Ian and the two wrestle, resulting in Mickey sitting on top of Ian with the crowbar in his hand. After a brief moment, Mickey drops the crowbar and the two have sex. After their sexual encounter, Mickey gives the gun back to Ian. Ian moves towards Mickey, who tells him, “You kiss me, I cut your fucking tongue out.”

After being inspired by a homeless man, Frank decides to fake his own death in order to get rid of Rod and Vlad. He convinces his kids to help him with the plan: Debbie gets a suit from the dry cleaners, Lip and Kevin carjack a hearse, and Veronica and Frank purchase black market drugs to make Frank appear dead. Returning from Sheila’s to pick up Liam, Fiona and Steve are informed of Frank’s plan. After being informed of Frank’s death by Kevin, Rod and Vlad visit the Gallagher house for confirmation. Convinced that Frank is dead, Rod and Vlad agree to call off Frank’s debt.

While looking through the security cameras, Linda discovers Kash and Ian’s affair. She punches Ian in the face and tells Kash that she wants to get pregnant again, instructing: “I get what I want, and you can have what you want.”

The Gallaghers fabricate a wake for Frank at the Alibi; Rod and Vlad reveal that they plan to return to Milwaukee. After the two men leave, Frank appears from hiding, and everyone in the bar celebrates the plan’s success.

Post Credit Scene

Frank purchases a new television at a store; he uses a credit card in Liam's name.

Cast

Regular Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

  • Robert Knepper - Rod
  • Tomothy V. Murphy - Vlad
  • Tim Thomerson - A.B. Fisher
  • Bill Applebaum - Danforth
  • Bart Braverman -Wolfman
  • Curtis C. - Blind Panhandler
  • Missy Doty - Jess
  • Tommy Franklin - Customer #q
  • Brian Guest  - Drug Dealer
  • Pat Vern Harris - Old Woman
  • Jim Hoffmaster - Kermit
  • Anne Johnson - Polly
  • Howie Johnson - Driver
  • Alex Lewis - Hipster
  • Ambrit Millhouse - Cashier
  • Virginia Morris - Mrs. Bergdoll

Uncredited

  • Brittany Beaudry - Exotic Dancer
  • Ian Scott Rudolph  - Security Camera Installer

Notes

  • "Previously on Shameless" - Fiona Gallagher
  • Episode Runtime - 00:45:03
  • The first appearance of Kermit, Frank's friend.
  • The first display of Ian and Mickey's relationship.

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